Arsenal will only have one non-homegrown slot available in their squad following the departures of Saed Kolasinac, William Saliba, Mesut Ozil and Matt Macey. That means they’ll only be able to sign one of their reported foreign transfer targets.
Mikel Arteta has been ruthless in January so far, and isn’t afraid to get rid of players he doesn’t have a plan for.
Kolasinac was allowed to join Schalke on loan, with the German side fighting against relegation from the Bundesliga.
Macey, who was unwanted after the arrival of Runar Alex Runarsson, was allowed to leave for Hibernian.
Saliba, who has failed to impress at Arsenal since his move from St Etienne, was sent back to France on loan.
The defender will spend the rest of the season with Nice, who themselves were short a centre-back after seeing Malang Sarr leave.
Now, Ozil is set to become the latest departure from the Emirates, with the club set to confirm they’ve terminated his £350,000-per-week contract this weekend.
The playmaker will leave a big gap in the team and the wage bill, and Arsenal are expected to go after a replacement in the current window.
However, despite their series of departures, Arsenal only have one non-homegrown slot available in their squad.
Football.London claims they will only have the one gap due to the fact Ozil wasn’t included in the squad, and Macey was a homegrown player.
Arsenal have been linked with Houssem Aouar, Julian Draxler, Emi Buendia and Julian Brandt.
But they will have to free up another non-homegrown slot in the squad if they are to move for more than one of them.
The Gunners were keen on signing Aouar in the previous summer window, but were unable to complete a move.
Julian Draxler is out of contract at the end of the season, and Paris Saint-Germain are said to be willing to let him go in order to bring in Dele Alli on loan.
But the playmaker is said to be willig to wind down his contract and doesn’t want to leave mid-season, making that move unlikely.
Brandt was tipped to leave after being deemed surplus to requirements at Borussia Dortmund, but an injury suffered by Axel Witsel means he will likely have increased game time in the coming weeks.
Buendia, despite playing in England for Norwich, wouldn’t count as a homegrown player as he signed for the Canaries from Getafe in 2018.